I grew up signs all around sounding the bell to buy local. As far as I can see, if you want to be more and more recession proof, it is by increasing the local economy. Shop local when available and if appropriate. Also, if you want to change politics, start local. These are some tiny secrets, but very effective.
To remain competitive, I would suggest companies turn to internet tools for internal communication. There are many free examples of tools for interal communication like Twitter and blogging. This company offers microblogging for companies so that the blog remains internal. They also offer other cool things that you find on other social networking sites. However, it is not free.
How else are you using internet tools for internal communication? What are the pros and cons of this method? Would you use the free tools or the ones tht cost?